Needles of Steel - hand-crafted items for you!

Rugby, England On Etsy since 2008

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Needles of Steel - hand-crafted items for you!

Rugby, England | 173 Sales

Announcement    Still taking custom orders, contact me for sock requirements! :)


Last updated on 02 Jul, 2020

Still taking custom orders, contact me for sock requirements! :)


Jane Harrisson

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Jane Harrisson


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5 out of 5 stars

About NeedlesOfSteel

Sales 173
On Etsy since 2008

A tragic event sparks an interest in machine knitting

I got interested in machine knitting quite by accident. An ex boyfriend was clearing out his attic, and offered me his ex-wife's knitting machine. I stored it in my own attic (and forgot all about it) until about a year later. In the UK we have fireworks displays on November 5th, and it's the one night of the year you keep your pets inside at night. Fraggle (a very lovable but stupid boy cat of 5 years) didn't come home that night, so to distract myself from the rising panic I dug out the knitting machine and tried to figure out how it all went together. It was without any instructions, and looked like it might receive satellite television if I set it up correctly.

I managed to get it going (kind of), but my first dress was a disaster that was knitted so tight it practically stood up on its own. It was a week before I had chance to put posters up around my street - and it turned out that a neighbour had found a dead cat matching Fraggle's description on her doorstep. It turned out to be the house opposite, and we think he may have been hit by a car - alas, he had very little road sense.

Anyway, with the help of some lovely ladies on rec.crafts. machine-knitting (on the old Usenet forums) I learnt all about sponge bars and rewinding my yarn correctly. I managed to source a copy of the manual and some punchcards and that was it, I was addicted. At first it was to distract me from my grief, but later on I realised I really enjoyed the process. It's not just a case of passing the carriage back and forth a few times and out pops a sweater, it's a lot more involved that that!

Since the first machine (circa 2001) I've traded up and expanded my collection of knitting machines, and I acquired a beautifully restored circular sock machine in 2009. Now I knit a lot (by hand and machine) and a lot of items go to Knit for Peace, a charity that redistributes knitted items to those in need.

Shop members

  • Jane

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I'm a full time engineer (hence the interest in knitting machines), and a part-time crafter. I'm fascinated by colour and texture. Interests include handknitting, crochet, machineknitting, braiding, weaving and sewing.

Shop policies

Last updated on 17 January, 2018
I love making things, but I've run out of wardrobe space for all the things I've made. So you get to buy something hand-made with love.

I'm happy to make custom orders, which are excluded from my normal returns policy. Please allow 14 days from placement of custom order when buying - in most cases, I will not have the required yarn in stock so it has to be ordered. I work full-time and have other commitments too, and I can only catch the post office on certain days of the week. :)

Traders, need some socks for display? Contact me and maybe we can work something out.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Happy to refund or exchange items if I am notified within 48 hours. Items must be returned in good condition. Postage cannot be refunded, and items are returned at the buyer's expense. This does not apply to custom orders, which are non-refundable.
Paypal accepted. Items will not be shipped until payment has been received. If no payment is received within 5 days, the order will be cancelled. Please ensure your paypal shipping address is correct (or include the preferred shipping address in your order). If you are not a registered PayPal user, you may still pay for items by credit card through their website which is safe and secure.

Custom orders will not be processed (ie requested yarn(s) will not be ordered) until payment has been received.
Items will be shipped to the address given on the Etsy order - please ensure it is correct! If the item is a present, please indicate the name and address of the recipient when making the order. I'm happy to send a gift receipt (no price indication) if requested.

I use 2nd class postage for UK purchases - I will aim to use signed for if it's economic for the buyer, ie "signed for" for socks but plain second class for small items eg scrunchies. For international purchases I try to use International Standard. Shipping is only done on business days and I will aim to have stock item(s) in the mail within 3 days - if I'm away, there will be a note on the shop front indicating when orders will be processed.

International orders can take some time to arrive, and it's outside my control - if the item has not arrived after 5 weeks, please let me know!

I am happy to combine postage on multiple purchases - if it doesn't happen automatically, I will refund the difference when the postage has been calculated and paid. Not all my items weigh the same so it's tricky to have Etsy handle that automatically!

Customs fees for international buyers are the responsibility of the buyer. I recycle my packaging where possible to keep my costs low.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you see something you like but it's not quite the right colour or size, contact me, maybe we can work something out!
Customer details will only be held for the purposes of fulfilling orders. They will not be shared with third parties.

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Last updated on 13 Apr, 2016
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